Brooklands Primary School

Name Brooklands Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 01 May 2012
Address Medebourne Close, Casterbridge Road, London, SE3 9AB
Phone Number 02088528210
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 249 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.9
Academy Sponsor Maritime Academy Trust
Local Authority Greenwich
Percentage Free School Meals 11.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.9%
Persisitent Absence 9.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is an average-size primary school with Early Years Foundation Stage provision for children in two part-time Nursery classes and one Reception class. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. A lower proportion of pupils than average speaks English as an additional language and almost none is at an early stage of learning English. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The school meets the current floor standards, which are minimum standards for attainment and progress expected by the government. There has been a high number of staffing changes since the previous inspection, including in the leadership team. The breakfast and after-school clubs that share the school site were not part of this inspection because they are not managed by the school’s governing body.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school. Senior leaders, members of the governing body and staff successfully drive lasting enhancements to the quality of the school’s work. They ensure the school continues to improve swiftly and meets ambitious targets. Since the previous inspection, pupils’ attainment has risen sharply and is above average. From starting points that are generally below those expected for their age, pupils’ achievement is outstanding. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and pupils in Years 1 to 6, make rapid and sustained progress as they move through the years. Teaching is outstanding. The school has excellent systems to check the progress individual pupils make. Teachers use the information to match tasks in lessons very accurately to pupils’ learning needs and set appropriately challenging activities. They make clear what pupils should do to improve their work. Pupils enthusiastically take responsibility for checking that they are meeting their personal learning targets. Pupils have exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. They behave outstandingly well in lessons and around the school because adults make their expectations consistently clear and provide excellent role models. Pupils feel extremely safe in school and have a very clear understanding about keeping themselves safe from harm. Leadership and management are outstanding. Very effective leadership of teaching and monitoring of staff performance have secured improvements to teaching in key subjects, the curriculum, and pupils’ academic outcomes. A few subject managers are not as consistently involved in monitoring provision in their subjects to improve performance even further. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. For example, pupils relish the opportunities to tend the school’s vegetable beds, feed the laying hens and celebrate festivals from a wide variety of faiths and cultures.